Kforce, Inc. : KFRC-US: Dividend Analysis : December 08th, 2017 (record date) : By the numbers : December 8, 2017

Our analysis is based on comparing Kforce, Inc. with the following peers – Robert Half International Inc., TrueBlue, Inc., On Assignment, Inc., ManpowerGroup Inc., Kelly Services, Inc. Class A, Barrett Business Services, Inc., Hudson Global, Inc., Mastech Digital, Inc. and Computer Task Group, Incorporated (RHI-US, TBI-US, ASGN-US, MAN-US, KELYA-US, BBSI-US, HSON-US, MHH-US and CTG-US).

Kforce, Inc.’s dividend yield is 2.30 percent and its dividend payout is 33.93 percent. This compares to a peer median dividend yield of 1.54 percent and a payout level of 21.15 percent. This type of dividend performance might make it a good stock for dividend investors. However, the company’s average dividend quality score of 42 out of a possible score of 100, points to some weakness in the sustainability of its robust payout ratio, and makes its less attractive for dividend investors seeking current income.

Dividend Yield
Dividend Quality Score

Dividend Quality Overview

  • Over the last twelve months (prior to September 30, 2017), KFRC-US paid a medium quality dividend, which represents a yield of 1.84% at the current price.
  • Dividend quality trend has not been consistent over the last five years. Dividends were paid during each of these years — of these 4 were high quality and 1 was medium quality.
  • The ending cash balance is less than the last full year dividend payment and cannot be relied on to cushion any significant reduction of cash flows in the future.
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Dividend Coverage

Over the last twelve months (prior to September 30, 2017), KFRC-US paid a medium quality dividend.

The source of the company’s cash to support the dividend paid over the last twelve months is operating cash flow (coverage of 1.29x), investing cash flow (coverage of -0.61x), issuance cash flow (coverage of 0.30x) and twelve-month prior cash (coverage of 0.08x), for a total dividend coverage of 1.06x.

KFRC-US’s issuance cash flow includes outflows from net share buybacks (coverage of -1.51x). Thus, the total coverage including share buybacks is 2.57x, which reflects our assumption that the cash paid for share buybacks is discretionary and could instead be used to pay dividends.

Dividend Coverage by Cash Flow (TTM)

These coverage ratio factors imply that the firm’s net cash inflow from issuance was required (in addition to operating and investment cash) to pay the dividend, which suggests a medium dividend quality.

Dividend History

Item 2012-12-31 2013-12-31 2014-12-31 2015-12-31 2016-12-31 Latest
Dividend Yield (%) 7.1 0.48 1.8 1.75 2.01 2.3
Dividend Payout (%) 0 31.25 37.32 29.61 38.4 33.93

A complete list of metrics and analysis is available on the company page.

Company Profile

Kforce, Inc. engages in the provision of professional and technical staffing services and solutions. It operates through the following segments: Technology, Finance and Accounting, and Government Solutions. The Technology segment renders both temporary staffing and permanent placement services. The Finance and Accounting segment offers staffing and permanent placement services. The Government Solutions segment includes finance, accounting, and technical professionals to the federal government primarily as a contractor. The company was founded in August 1994 and is headquartered in Tampa, FL.

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